The Carroll News talked with Tyler Hoechlin, Will Brittain and Blake Jenner, actors from Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” spiritual sequel 1980s comedy, “Everybody Wants Some,” premiering April 22, 2016. “Everybody Wants Some” follows a group of baseball teammates as they experience the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood as friends.
Q: What were some of the differences you noticed between college in the eighties, as depicted in the film, and now?
Tyler Hoechlin: “I remember going off to college and my parents drove all my stuff up with me, I got there and we unloaded everything, and when they left I had that feeling like, ‘Oh wow. This is really happening. And I’m on my own.’ That initial sense of freedom is something I think anyone can identify with. For me, I played college ball so it was a lot like going back and reliving the glory days. But I got to have a little more fun this time. When I was actually playing in school it was a little more focused and I actually had to show up to practice and perform. This time we showed up to the parties and it was like our coaches were there directing us to have more fun.”
Will Brittain: “I was a theatre major so a lot of my experience reflects more in what you see at the end of the film where the guys come to this crazy theatre party. I was one of those hybrid guys who was an athlete but who was also into the performing arts. There’s definitely a lot of partying but you didn’t have that great home environment. I was living in tiny little shacks and single dorms just trying to get by. There definitely was the same vibe that I had at the beginning of college and coming in with this innocence to the whole experience and getting baptized into this world of cultures, different kind of people and music, and I can definitely relate to that.”
Q: What was it like portraying college students in these real life places and bringing a nostalgic value to the places you filmed?
Brittain: “I went to the University of Texas in Austin and it wasn’t so much as important to go to these places that were reminiscent, but being able to make a movie in Texas with Richard Linklater, who is sort of the grandfather of the Austin film society and one of the most reputable filmmakers in the world, was great to be part of that experience. It was fun to shoot a film in the town where I went to college and to introduce all these guys to Austin and show them what a great city it is.”
Q: The movie revels in the music and fashion of the late eighties. What were your favorite parts in bringing the eighties to life?
Brittain: “I would say the social aspect. It was nice to be sitting in a disco club and have being actually dancing, socializing and having a good time. That was definitely my favorite part, for sure.”
Hoechlin: “In the ‘80s, it was a time period where everyone was enjoying themselves and the people around them. At that time, the whole STD crisis hadn’t come out yet, and from what Rick has told us, it was one of those time periods where people were a lot more easygoing.”
Blake Jenner: “Something that I pull from watching this movie is the subtle reminder to live in the now. With everything around us, all the traffic in the mind that we get approached with on a daily basis, with Twitter, Facebook and social media and how everyone is connected, you forget about the moment that’s happening right now in front of you is important.”
Q: How can this film, which takes place during the ‘80s, relate to college students today?
Jenner: “All the external things, the music, clothes, the haircuts and facial hair change over time, but growing up and figuring out who are and finding your niche in the world and within a group is what stays the same. That’s a big way students today can relate to this film.”
Brittain: “Just like with every new batch of college students, you have a bunch of people questioning the world and seeing it in a new way. That’s the beauty of college. You’re introduced to the world with a safety net of academics and structure and these guys in the film are living in a bubble of their glory days but are able to examine the world around them.”
Hoechlin: “Going off to school, I remember those first couple of days feeling the freedom and being on your own. That initial realization that I’m responsible for my actions and that the consequences are going to solely fall on me are things everyone can identify with as well.”
CN: What was your favorite or most memorable scene that you shot, either individually on your own or altogether?
Jenner: “I’d be copping out if I said that every scene was a blast to shoot. But if I had to pick one, I really dug shooting that punk scene with Forest and Glenn. For my character, that really felt like a checkpoint in his own journey, calling back on everything he’s been through and taking a step back to think, ‘Who am I really?’”
Hoechlin: “I really want to say the whole film because it really blends together as one long experience for us. If I had to pick one, I’d pick the group of days we were on the baseball field because that felt so much like home for me. I love being back on the field with the guys. Those were some of the first days of shooting and really set the tone for the shoot.”
Brittain: “I haven’t been out on a ballpark since I was a kid, so being on the baseball field with all those guys and shooting a film on beautiful days with all my buddies was really an incredible experience.”
Q: Did the hairstyles and costumes allow you to escape a different time period more easily? Did you have fun with that?
Hoechlin: “The first time I put on the clothes, I remember walking out in my gear and I felt myself walking differently, in a different pace and a different stride. It was funny how taking away a little piece of your physical exterior, you have a sense that people aren’t really seeing you as much as they’re seeing the character. It’s a really bizarre but very freeing feeling and experience to do that. It makes you feel a little safer to play and push the boundaries a little bit.”
Jenner: “With the clothes and the overall backdrop of the whole film, how the clothes were thought up and the music was supplied, we had a first class ticket to that time period for all of us. We didn’t have a choice but to embrace it. Everything external wasn’t there to distract us, but it was there to help us one hundred percent.”
Q: What was the most rewarding aspect from shooting this film?
Hoechlin: “The friendships coming out of this. It’s rare to have a cast that gets along so well throughout the entire process and to actually carry that over a year and a half after shooting and still being close, that’s a special thing. These guys are so talented and creative and knowing that you get to enjoy working with people as artists is a really great thing.”
Q: How did the chemistry between the cast factor in when it came to improvising and how those moments made it into the film?
Brittain: “It made it really easy to shoot those scenes. By the time we got to shoot the scenes, we had already done them so many times that things came out organically. As far as improvisation, most of what was improvised was worked out before we ever started shooting the movie and was more of a rehearsal type of environment.”